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MPTF at Impasse with Union, Prepares to Strike Monday

Fund lines up temporary staffing for 5-day period

Union healthcare workers at the Motion Picture Television Fund hospital and long-term care facility in Woodland Hills are headed for a three-day strike starting Monday after negotiations ended Wednesday with the sides still at an impasse.

MPTF met today with their union’s bargaining team from SEIU-UHW, with no agreement reached. MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher said in a statement issued that no further negotiating sessions have been planned. A rep for SEIU-UHW said the strike is skedded to begin at 11 p.m. Monday.

“Our primary objective now and during the negotiations has been to establish an economic framework that will allow us to sustain the services of MPTF today and for future generations of industry members,” Beitcher said. “We have been completely transparent with SEIU-UHW with regard to our financial condition.”

The SEIU-UHW represents about 500 nurses, dietary workers, housekeepers and other healthcare workers at the MPTF retirement community. The union is pushing for an increase in staffing levels at those facilities. The SEIU-UHW rep said the level of patient care was “threatened by management’s proposal.”

Beitcher said the strike will have minimal effect on the day-to-day operations of Woodland Hills campus and other care clinics that cater to entertainment industry workers.

“We have completed the polling of our employees and have lined up qualified temporary staffing for a five-day period starting Monday night for those employees who have elected to walk out,” Beitcher said. “Patient and resident safety is and will always be our primary concern and we are confident that our extensive strike preparation will ensure that.”

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